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VUMC Clinical Trials Processing Core

Overview of Services

The Clinical Trials Processing Core is located on the 6th floor of Preston Research Building in two restricted access labs. The Core manages human specimen for oncology clinical trials for both Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. This NIH-guided core facility’s services include, but are not limited to, patient sample collection, processing, storage, and shipment based on study requirements and guidance; data tracking and auditing; clinical trial kit management and inventory; and financial management services for clinical trial preparation. This program is dedicated to accurate and expedient sample management to ensure quality control and to assist in end user data integrity. Current staffing consists of eight Research Assistants and two Pathology Specimen Coordinators who assist with all aspects of daily operations.


Heather Barnes

Program Manager, Clinical Trials Processing Core, CTSR


For general questions or assistance:  HEATHER.BARNES@VUMC.ORG



Location and hours of operation

Hours Location


Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.


Saturday - Sunday

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.                          

634 Preston Research Building

Links and Resources

  1. Link to Tissue Librarian Webform:

    (VUNet ID and training is required to utilize)